Thursday, October 21, 2010
The dignity of decay
It is interesting to watch the tourists who arrive there. The beauty is such that they get somewhat dumbfounded. What they do initially is hit the stores to dress themselves--Venice has the best boutiques in Europe--but when they emerge with all those things on, still there is an unbearable incongruity between the people, the crowd, and what's around. Because no matter how well they're dressed and how well they're endowed by nature, they lack the dignity, which is partially the dignity of decay, of that artifice around them. It makes you realize that what people can make with their hands is a lot better than they are themselves.
Ah, Venice. I like that about the clothes shopping. I should have been so lucky. Or am I missing the point?
The only drawback is that the water taxi staff are pretty rude - but that's only a jolt back to reality - reminding you that you still are on planet Earth.
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